Call for Papers: German Comics and Graphic Literature

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies

This special issue of Seminar seeks to demonstrate the diverse themes of German comics studies with a particular interest in social justice and human rights issues.

How do German-language comics and graphic novels engage ethnicity, class, religion and ability through form and content? How are German-language comics and graphic novels in dialog with comics outside of German-speaking Europe through their social justice and human rights concerns? And what work do German-language comics and graphic novels still have to do?

We welcome submissions with a variety of focal points in German, Austrian and Swiss comics and graphic literature, including but not limited to the following:

●      comics and the experience of migration and displacement

●      comics and the representation of ethnicity and racialized identities

●      comics and the representation of marginalized or persecuted communities

●      graphic medicine and the representation of disability in comics

●      comics and LGBTQ rights and representation

●      comics and social justice work/activism

●      political cartoons and caricature

●      teaching social justice and human rights issues with comics and graphic narratives in the post-secondary German Studies curriculum

 Please send a 500-word abstract and short bio to Biz Nijdam (biz.nijdam@ubc.ca) and Charlotte Schallié (schallie@uvic.ca) by June 15, 2019. The editors will notify contributors by June 30, 2019 and final submissions (5000- 9000 words; MLA 8th ed.) will be due no later than December 1, 2019 (preferably earlier). Submissions are welcome in English, French or German. 

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